Rockwell Museum – A Smithsonian Affiliate
The Rockwell is a leader in the Corning community, bringing arts into local schools, and onto our streets – serving youth that may not have other alternatives for arts education. Our work with schools and the non-profit community is designed to help ensure that all children have successful experiences as they grow up in our community. The Rockwell’s daily mission is to serve the Corning community, and the collections, the historic building, and the arts education programs that our community has put into our trust.
More than a museum! Displaying exquisite pieces, The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American spirit, character and values through the eyes of American artists.
Our diverse, unique collection, gifted by Bob and Hertha Rockwell, serves as the base of our work, and provides inspiration for our innovative programs. Our mission is to use our collection to stimulate and engage our visitors, both within the Museum and within the greater Corning community.
Housed in Corning’s Old City Hall, we have a strong presence in the local community. The Rockwell hosts activities for people of all ages and interests, from innovative arts education for children and their parents, to exceptional lectures by leading scholars.
We provide our visitors with the opportunity to experience the history that lies at the heart of Corning, view world-class fine art, attend classes or programs, or simply relax, reflect, and shop.
As a hallmark of the Corning community, we offer an experience that is distinctly unique to the area. Visitors to The Rockwell experience the people, land and ideas that shaped America, all in a relaxed, intimate and accessible environment.
Program: Identity and the Artist
Established in 2003 for incoming Corning- Painted Post Area School District High School Learning Center students, this multi-media art program gives new students an opportunity for self-reflection and the building of community with fellow students, teachers, Museum staff, and professional artists and musicians. The project culminates in a student performance: Masks, Music, Monologues and Movement presented at the Museum for families and community members. Projected outcomes include: 1) Presentation of original artwork, writing and choreography; 2) Completion of academic credits in art; 3) gained artistic and social confidence.
Program: Alley Art
The Alley Art Project is a result of a special collaboration between The Rockwell Museum and the High School Learning Center of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District. Each year, our educators host high school students at the Museum and use the art collection as a catalyst for creative writing and art making. Students create individual pieces of art that work as elements of a larger mural design to be painted in the Corning community as a mural. Students earn credits toward their high school diploma during the time spent with our educators at The Rockwell.
The Alley Art Project supports students in learning about art, design, and the research associated with the process of art making – all the while cultivating a sense of pride in the community.
Program: Garden of Fire
The Rockwell Museum is the lead organization for this seven agency collaboration. During the summer of 2016, The Rockwell’s educators, along with our partners at The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, 171 Cedar Arts Center, Tanglewood Nature Center and CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice), will offer programming to approximately 135 students served by the Corning Salvation Army, Addison Youth Center, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, and the Corning Area Youth Center.
Students will be involved in three integrated aspects: gardening and science, art making and a community celebration of the children’s work. The goal of the program is to educate children about nutrition and health, art, music and natural science through interactive experiences. The “Garden of Fire” title represents the gardening and fire ceramics activities that will be offered as part of the program.
Each component of the program offers students a unique perspective and opportunities which they would not otherwise be exposed to in their communities. It also allows students of varied backgrounds to work together to learn new skills and create within a safe and supportive environment.
The program will culminate with a festival celebrating the students’ work held at CareFirst for the children and their families, which will include many family activities, including interactive art projects and demonstrations.
The Rockwell Museum
111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
Gigi Alvaré, Director of Education